Roundabout 1.2.18

In this issue …

  • Jan. 9 speaker to focus on Monroe County CASA  
  • President Mike Baker shares centennial news, other happenings
  • Visiting Toluca, Mexico Rotarian talks about his club’s special project



Our Jan. 9 speaker will be Amber Shride of Monroe County CASA, a volunteer-powered program that provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.


The program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with full legal authority set forth by the State of Indiana.


CASAs provide advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.


JOHN MILLER, past president and sustaining Paul Harris Fellow, suffered a serious stroke. John has been a member of our club since 1979.


PRESIDENT MIKE BAKER thanked Chair Steve Moberly and the 28 Rotarians who rang the bell for the Salvation Army kettle campaign in December.




President Mike Baker shares news about centennial, other happenings during Club Assembly




All eyes will be on Bloomington Thursday, May 10, when the three local clubs and other Rotarians come together for the centennial gala at the Monroe County Convention Center. Ian Riseley, the first current Rotary International President to visit Bloomington, will be our keynote speaker. Tickets: $100.


Registrations are being accepted by mail and online. Register online at To pay by credit card, choose the lower option on the payment page.

To pay by mail, send check to:

Bloomington Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 2026
Bloomington, IN 47402


Oliver Winery and IU Credit Union are the first local businesses to step up as our centennial sponsors. Our club will continue efforts to land additional sponsors.


Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Monroe County.




President Mike Baker gave the following update:

  • Teachers Warehouse Endowment $6,095
  • Scholarship Endowment $11,290
  • Boys & Girls Club $68,500 (with 350 registrations) Goal: $100,000
  • Tree plantings
    • To date we’ve planted 34 trees in the Crestmont area, and we’ve committed to plant 76 more for a total of 110. That’s one tree for every member!
    • The cost per tree is $120, and we’re asking members to consider contributing toward this project.
    • Send you check payable to “The Bloomington Rotary Foundation” to: P.O. Box 2026; Bloomington, IN  47402




To promote awareness of “100 years of Rotary in Bloomington,” our communication committee will work with the Herald-Times and Bloom magazine on stories and will erect a billboard in downtown Bloomington.


President Mike also encourages Rotarians to share their Rotary moments in letters to the editor of the Herald-Times.





For the first time in 80 years, Rotary will have a statewide conference. The three Indiana districts are coming together to stage the conference Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott.


To register and to secure a discount rate on hotel rooms, go to: Registration: $99 one day (Saturday); $149 two days. Bloomington Rotary will cover part of the costs for members who can attend.


More than 200 Rotarians and guests already have registered.




The 2018 Rotary International Convention will be June 23-27 in Toronto.


To register and to secure a hotel room, go to:


Hotel rooms near the Convention Center are selling out quickly. District Gov. Lisa Waterman of District 6540 (Northern Indiana) is holding a block of rooms at the Novotel Hotel in downtown Toronto, and she invites District 6580 Rotarians to join Rotarians from her district. For reservations at the Novotel Hotel, contact Lisa at




President Mike Baker offers these resources for staying on top of Rotary news:


  • – Club news
  • – District news
  • – Your member dashboard. You’ll need to enter your personal email address and your seven-digit membership number. You can get the seven-digit number from the mailing label on ROTARIAN magazine
  • Bloomington Rotary mobile app – Mike Baker will send you access info.





Rotarians are needed to pack food supplies Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Hills, 2333 West Industrial Park Drive, Bloomington.





The Herald-Times remembered those who passed away in 2017, including Rotarians Toby Strout, Elsa Harik and Jack Wentworth.


The newspaper also reported that Teachers Warehouse will begin serving high school teachers, starting this Wednesday, Jan. 4. Previously, only elementary school teachers were eligible.



Visiting Rotarian Jaime Gonzalez of the Rotary Club of Toluca, Mexico, talked about his club’s longstanding project to provide facilities for two Toluca schools that serve native Mexican elementary school children.


Among other things, the Toluca club has built dormitories for students, many of whom walk dozens of miles on weekends to get to the school and stay during the entire school week.


The Toluca club has received support for the project from Indiana Rotarians through the Rotary Heart2Heart program, a cooperative effort between primarily the 13-state Rotary “Heart of America” (Zones 30-31)  that includes the three Indiana districts, the “Heart of Mexico” (District 4170), and the Rotary Foundation.


In addition to the Toluca public school project, Heart2Heart has supported water and sanitation projects in rural Mexican towns, kidney and heart transplants, and cleft surgeries.


Jaime and his wife, Patty, were in Bloomington to visit their son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Megan Gonzalez.  Alan, former Bloomington Rotaract President, is a General Motors engineer based in Bedford.


During his year as Bloomington Rotaract president, Alan and his fellow Rotaractors staged a Festival of Mexican art festival that raised more than $1,600 for the Toluca project.


For more on the project, check out this video:



President Mike Baker led the meeting. Glen Inman greeted us.


Phil Eskew, who joined Bloomington Rotary in November 2017 after serving as a member in the Carmel and Warsaw Rotary clubs, led the pledge and reflection.


Phil, an obstetrician/gynecologist, brings 37 years of perfect Rotary attendance, and he estimates that he has done make-up meetings at 150 different clubs.


He has received a warm reception at every club, except one, where not a single Rotarian said hello.


“You have welcomed me, and I have been overwhelmed by the members of this club,” Phil said.

Lynn Schwartzberg
introduced guests:

  • Jason Triplett, visiting Rotarian, Sunrise Rotary, guest of Glen Steenberger
  • Julia Merkt, incoming transfer Rotarian
  • Alan and Megan Gonzalez – guests of Jim Bright
  • Jaime and Patty Gonzalez, visiting Rotarian, Toluca, Mexico
  • Anne Bright, wife of Jim Bright

Birthdays this week:
David Rogers, Jan. 4 (Th)

Matt Stitsinger, Jan. 8 (M)

Anniversaries this week:
Jerry Ellenwood, 48 years

Tom Boone, 35 years

Judy Lucas, 21 years

Owen Johnson, 3 years

Emily Metzgar, 2 years

Nancy Richman, 2 years

Gus Shakalis, 2 years         


Jim Bright, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer